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    Camper-submitted photo from Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park Campground

    1.

    Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park Campground

    32 Reviews
    176 Photos
    227 Saves
    Micanopy, Florida

    Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park Campground is a fantastic spot for anyone looking to immerse themselves in nature. This place has it all—great trails, abundant wildlife, and a variety of camping options. Whether you're pitching a tent, parking your RV, or looking for a bit of glamping, you'll find a spot that suits your needs.

    One of the standout features here is the wildlife. Visitors often spot wild horses, bison, and a plethora of bird species. The observation tower offers a panoramic view of the prairie, and if you're lucky, you might catch a glimpse of these majestic animals. The La Chua Trail is another must-see, especially if you're into gator watching.

    The campsites themselves are well-maintained and spacious, with plenty of shade from the dense woods. Some sites come with electric and water hookups, while others are more primitive, perfect for those who prefer a more rustic experience. The bathrooms and showers are clean, and there's even a sanitary dump station for RVs.

    For those who love hiking, the park offers numerous trails that range from easy walks to more challenging hikes. The trails are well-marked and provide a great way to explore the diverse ecosystems within the park. There's also a boat launch if you're into fishing or just want to paddle around the lake.

    Don't forget to bring bug spray—trust me, you'll need it. And if you're planning to visit in the fall or winter, a little extra warmth for the bathrooms wouldn't hurt. But overall, this campground is a top-notch destination for anyone looking to enjoy the great outdoors.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $18 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Ginnie Springs Outdoors
    Camper-submitted photo from Ginnie Springs Outdoors
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    2.

    Ginnie Springs Outdoors

    53 Reviews
    177 Photos
    497 Saves
    Fort White, Florida

    Located on the Santa Fe River in High Springs Florida, Ginnie Springs is one of the clearest springs in Florida. The 72-degree water is perfect for river tubing, swimming, snorkeling, scuba and cave diving. Visitors to Ginnie Springs Outdoors can enjoy camping (wilderness sites or sites with electricity), an overnight rental cottage, picnicking, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, canoeing, kayaking, river tubing and volleyball.

    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $20 - $25 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Dogwood Campground — O'Leno State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Dogwood Campground — O'Leno State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Dogwood Campground — O'Leno State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Dogwood Campground — O'Leno State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Dogwood Campground — O'Leno State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Dogwood Campground — O'Leno State Park

    3.

    Dogwood Campground — O'Leno State Park

    38 Reviews
    140 Photos
    205 Saves
    Fort White, Florida
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $18 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park Campground & Cabins
    Camper-submitted photo from Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park Campground & Cabins
    Camper-submitted photo from Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park Campground & Cabins
    Camper-submitted photo from Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park Campground & Cabins
    Camper-submitted photo from Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park Campground & Cabins
    Camper-submitted photo from Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park Campground & Cabins

    4.

    Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park Campground & Cabins

    31 Reviews
    163 Photos
    180 Saves
    Keystone Heights, Florida

    One of Florida's first state parks, the park was developed on a 600-acre site by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the 1930s. The extraordinary craftsmanship of the CCC is still evident today.

    Gold Head has three campground loops, Sandhill, Turkey Oak and Lakeview. The park's 73 campsites accommodate tents, trailers and motorized campers. Each site includes a picnic table, fire ring/grill and potable water.

    A centralized dump station is available for use, and 20- and 30-amp electrical service is available at all campsites except for sites 57 and 60-67 in the Lakeview campground loop. Sites 16-18, 58 and 59 feature 50-amp service in addition to 20- and 30-amp service.

    Each campground has its own bathhouse facility with hot showers. The Lakeview bathhouse is fully accessible and sites 58 and 59 are the closest, with paved sidewalks leading from the sites directly to the bathhouse.

    Well-behaved domestic pets are welcome in the campgrounds but are not allowed inside the bathhouses. View our park pet policy for more information.

    A coin-operated washer and dryer are available at the Sandhill and Lakeview bathhouses.

    Two primitive campsites are located within the southern end of the park just off the Florida National Scenic Trail. These sites include a picnic table, fire ring and a common pavilion.

    Three primitive group campsites are available for organized youth and adult groups. An organized group is six or more people camping together who are members of or sponsored by a recognized community organization such as a church, benevolent society or civic service club.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $20 - $650 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Manatee Springs State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Manatee Springs State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Manatee Springs State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Manatee Springs State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Manatee Springs State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Manatee Springs State Park Campground

    5.

    Manatee Springs State Park Campground

    65 Reviews
    227 Photos
    374 Saves
    Chiefland, Florida

    Welcome to Manatee Springs State Park Campground! This place is a gem for anyone looking to immerse themselves in nature. The campground offers a mix of tent, RV, and glamping accommodations, so there's something for everyone. One of the standout features here is the beautiful springs, which are teeming with wildlife. If you're lucky, you might spot manatees early in the morning or late at night when they come into the springs from the river.

    The facilities are top-notch, with clean bathrooms and showers that are well-maintained. There's also a small store on-site for any essentials you might need. For those who enjoy a bit of comfort, the campground provides electric and water hookups, and some sites even have sewer hookups. Pets are welcome, and there are plenty of trails where you can take your furry friends for a walk.

    Visitors have raved about the abundance of wildlife. It's not uncommon to see deer, armadillos, and a variety of birds right from your campsite. The hiking and biking trails are a hit, offering scenic routes through the park's lush landscape. If you're into water activities, the kayaking and swimming opportunities are fantastic. The boardwalk along the river is another highlight, perfect for a leisurely stroll.

    Located near Chiefland, FL, Manatee Springs State Park Campground is a great spot for a weekend getaway or a longer stay. Whether you're here to relax by the campfire, explore the trails, or paddle through the springs, this campground has something to offer. Just remember, cell service is pretty spotty, so it's a good idea to download any maps or entertainment before you arrive. Enjoy your stay!

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $20 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park Campground

    6.

    Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park Campground

    22 Reviews
    131 Photos
    168 Saves
    High Springs, Florida

    Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park is the newest addition to Florida State Parks!

    The park contains a collection of natural springs, including a large second magnitude spring that produces an average of 44 million gallons of water per day. This spring, known as Gilchrist Blue, has outstanding water clarity and discharges water through a shallow spring run about one-quarter mile to the Santa Fe River. The other named springs on-site are Little Blue Spring, Naked Spring, Kiefer Spring and Johnson Spring.

    The most significant ecological habitats within the park include the spring run stream and floodplain communities. The main spring run is renowned for its support of a diversity of wildlife species including turtles, fish and invertebrates.

    Paddling, snorkeling and swimming are all popular at the main springhead and spring run. Pavilions are available and a concession stand provides food and beverage service. Other popular activities include hiking, nature study and picnicking.

    The park features 23 campsites: 16 sites for RV/tent camping (30 amp available) and seven tent-only camping.

    For reservations, visit the Florida State Parks reservations website or call 800-326-3521 or TDD 888-433-0287.

    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    Camper-submitted photo from Devil's Den Spring
    Camper-submitted photo from Devil's Den Spring
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    Camper-submitted photo from Devil's Den Spring

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    Devil's Den Spring

    20 Reviews
    82 Photos
    230 Saves
    Williston, Florida

    We offer 4 cabins available for rental. All are identical in size and layout and sleep up to 4 people. Kitchen includes microwave, mini fridge, and sink. Admission to Devil's Den is separate.

    Must be 21 or older to book AND to stay on the cabin property!!

    We offer a vast R.V Park with 32 sites. Most sites offer 30/50 amp hook-ups, water, and sewer. Reservations are required. Admission to Devil's Den is separate. (Site rental does not include an RV.)

    Gaze at the stars and enjoy all of nature's wonderful sounds as you spend the night in our tent campground. Select sites have electric/water hook-ups. There are porta-potties on site in addition to our two bathroom/shower facilities.

    Campers must be over the age of 18, or with a parent.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • RVs

    $20 - $75 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Magnolia Campground — O'Leno State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Magnolia Campground — O'Leno State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Magnolia Campground — O'Leno State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Magnolia Campground — O'Leno State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Magnolia Campground — O'Leno State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Magnolia Campground — O'Leno State Park

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    Magnolia Campground — O'Leno State Park

    17 Reviews
    70 Photos
    106 Saves
    High Springs, Florida

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    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $18 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Salt Springs Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Salt Springs Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Salt Springs Recreation Area
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    Camper-submitted photo from Salt Springs Recreation Area

    9.

    Salt Springs Recreation Area

    55 Reviews
    167 Photos
    571 Saves
    Salt Springs, Florida

    Overview

    Salt Springs Recreation Area is one the recreational jewels of the Ocala National Forest, with a spectacular natural mineral spring that gives the area its name. Plenty of outdoor activities keep campers and day-use visitors busy, including swimming in the springs, fishing, snorkeling, hiking and boating. Salt Springs is located between the St. Johns and Ocklawaha Rivers, 35 miles east of Ocala, Florida. The national forest spans four counties and 383,000 acres. It is the southernmost and oldest national forest east of the Mississippi River, and protects the world's largest, contiguous sand pine scrub forest.

    Recreation

    The natural springs, nearby Lake George and many surrounding rivers and streams provide ample opportunity for water recreation. Anglers can try a good fishing spot on Salt Springs Run, downstream of the swimming area, boat ramp and marina. Boat rentals are nearby. For those who wish to explore on land, the facility has basketball courts and a horseshoe pit. Hikers have easy access to the Bear Swamp Trail and a segment of the 1,400-mile Florida National Scenic Trail.

    Facilities

    The natural springs, nearby Lake George and many surrounding rivers and streams provide ample opportunity for water recreation. Anglers can try a good fishing spot on Salt Springs Run, downstream of the swimming area, boat ramp and marina. Boat rentals are nearby. For those who wish to explore on land, the facility has basketball courts and a horseshoe pit. Hikers have easy access to the Bear Swamp Trail and a segment of the 1,400-mile Florida National Scenic Trail.

    Natural Features

    The semi-tropical region gives the campground a mixture of pines and palms, with lush greenery and warm temperatures. Within the recreation area, a natural spring rises from cracks deep within the earth. The presence of potassium, magnesium and sodium salts give the waters a slight salinity - hence the name Salt Springs.

    Nearby Attractions

    Salt Springs is very close to Lake George, a great fishing destination.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $34 - $65 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Silver Springs State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Silver Springs State Park Campground
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    10.

    Silver Springs State Park Campground

    38 Reviews
    258 Photos
    361 Saves
    Ocala, Florida

    Silver Springs State Park’s campground offers Cabins, RV and Tent Sites, and Group Primitive Camp Sites.

    Located beneath shady oaks and beautiful pine trees, Silver Springs’ vacation cabins accommodate up to six people.

    Each cabin has a full dining area, two bedrooms, one bath, stove, refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, gas fireplace (October 1 to April 30), central cooling and heating and a large screened porch.

    Fifty-nine spacious sites in two campground loops easily accommodate even large camping units, with a maximum recreational vehicle length of 50 feet. Tent campers are welcome as well. Each site offers water and electric hook-up, as well as a fire ring, barbecue grill and picnic table.

    The primitive group camping area, set amid shady oaks, is for organized groups only, with preference given to youth groups. The area includes picnic tables and fire rings at each site.

    Non-potable water is available and there are no shower facilities.

    For more information and to make a group reservation for primitive camping, please call the Ranger Station at (352) 236-7148. This number is for primitive group camping reservations only.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $24 - $110 / night

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Frequently Asked Questions

What camping is available near Gainesville, FL?

According to TheDyrt.com, Gainesville, FL offers a wide range of camping options, with 212 campgrounds and RV parks near Gainesville, FL and 6 free dispersed camping spots.

Which is the most popular campground near Gainesville, FL?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Gainesville, FL is Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park Campground with a 4.7-star rating from 32 reviews.

Where can I find free dispersed camping near Gainesville, FL?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 6 free dispersed camping spots near Gainesville, FL.

What parks are near Gainesville, FL?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 4 parks near Gainesville, FL that allow camping, notably Osceola National Forest and Ocala National Forest.